Brighton host Manchester City on Saturday evening in the Premier League, a meeting of two clubs in the top four – one rather more surprising than the other at this stage. The Seagulls have impressed and lost just once so far in the league, though face a big task to keep the reigning champions at bay. Pep Guardiola’s outfit are third, just above their hosts, and have the top flight’s joint-best defensive record at this stage.
City were in action in midweek in the Champions League and produced what the manager termed one of their best European performances of his tenure, thrashing Club Brugge and scoring five goals in the process. Prior to that it was an easy win over Burnley in the league last week, making it seven unbeaten in that competition since the opening day of the campaign.
The two managers did clash last season, but Graham Potter says he apologised and doesn’t expect it to be a factor when they meet again, hoping for a “cuddle” from his opposite number. Follow all the live updates and action as Brighton host Manchester City below:
Early team news: Brighton vs Man City
Brighton are without Steven Alzate and Danyy Welbeck who both have long-term injuries but there is an ‘outside chance’ that Adam Webster could return according to manager Graham Potter. Webster’s inclusion would be a big boost for the Seagulls but he may not quite be match fit.
Manchester City an almost full squad to select from with only forward Ferran Torres absent with a metatarsal issue.
Michael Jones23 October 2021 16:19
Brighton vs Man City
The evening kick off sees a clash at the top of the Premier League table as fourth-placed Brighton host third-placed Manchester City.
If the Seagulls defeat City they’ll move up to third whilst the champions can move within two-points of current leaders Chelsea if they take all three points.
Pep Guardiola’s men are in decent form having won their last two matches and come into the fixture on the back of a 5-1 demolition of Club Brugge in the Champions League.
Brighton meanwhile have drawn three games in a row, with the last two both ending goalless, but they’ve only conceded five goals in the league and will make it tough work for City’s superstars.
Michael Jones23 October 2021 16:15
Mason Mount scores hat-trick as leaders Chelsea put seven past 10-man Norwich
England left-back Ben Chilwell then drilled in his fourth goal in five games for club and country, Max Aarons put through his own net and the Canaries had Ben Gibson sent off for two yellow cards.
Michael Jones23 October 2021 14:57
Thomas Tuchel’s post match thoughts
Chelsea boss, Thomas Tuchel, praised his players for the performance they put in against Norwich in the early kick off. His team stormed to a 7-0 victory at Stamford Bridge and Tuchel puts that down to Chelsea’s intensity. He said:
Michael Jones23 October 2021 14:53
Reaction from Mason Mount
A very happy Mason Mount told BT Sport after the game:
Michael Jones23 October 2021 14:44
Chilwell continues goalscoring streak
Ben Chilwell is the first English player to score in four consecutive Premier League games for Chelsea since Frank Lampard in February 2013.
Michael Jones23 October 2021 14:42
Chelsea vs Norwich: Five things we learned as fluid Blues batter woeful Canaries
Here’s what we learned from Chelsea’s impressive display:
Michael Jones23 October 2021 14:35
English players star for Chelsea
The England manager, Gareth Southgate, was in attendance at Stamford Bridge today and Chelsea’s English stars must be causing him a headache.
Mason Mount (3), Ben Chilwell, Callum Hudson-Odoi and Reece James all scored for the Blues but Ruben Loftus-Cheek put in a decent performance as a substitute and Ross Barkley came close to scoring as well.
With so many player’s performing well it’s a great position for Southgate to be in ahead of next year’s World Cup.
Michael Jones23 October 2021 14:33
Chelsea blow Norwich away at Stamford Bridge
The scariest thing about Chelsea’s 7-0 victory over Norwich is that is easily could have been more. Ross Barkley was twice denied by Tim Krul as was Hakim Ziyech who also sent two shots narrowly wide of the goal.
The Blues were several classes above their rivals today and the Canaries showed why they’re bottom of the table.
Michael Jones23 October 2021 14:28
Mount shines for Chelsea
25 games without a goal for club and country? No problem.
Michael Jones23 October 2021 14:25